Biosolids are the nutrient-rich residual byproducts of wastewater treatment. Wyoming’s biosolids are either applied to the land as fertilizer or sent to landfills to augment methane gas production. In 2004, Wyoming partnered with the City of Grand Rapids to form the Grand Valley Regional Biosolids Authority (GVRBA). This organization jointly manages the biosolids from both communities. More information can be found on GVRBA's Website.
Biosolids contain organic material and many essential micronutrients necessary for plant growth. Biosolids application can prevent soil erosion, improve timber growth, save space in landfills, and enhance farming, landscaping, and gardening. Biosolids that are land applied must meet strict quality criteria and regulations set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These criteria are based on EPA’s rigorous review of decades of long-term scientific studies regarding the safety and value of biosolids recycling.
The City of Wyoming has a Biosolids Management Program (BMP) in place to make sure that the biosolids that are land applied are done so in a safe manner. The BMP is an international standard developed by the National Biosolids Partnership, similar to an Environmental Management System or ISO standard. Regular audits and performance evaluations are done and can be found at the following links:
Biosolids Management Program Elements
Residuals Management Plan (13MB File)
Environmental Management System (EMS)/Performance Report, 2016
Environmental Management System (EMS)/Performance Report, 2015
Environmental Management System (EMS)/Performance Report, 2014
Environmental Management System (EMS)/Performance Report, 2013
Environmental Management System (EMS)/Performance Report, 2012
Independent/EMS 3rd Party Audit Report, 2010
News and Awards
Wyoming’s Kim Hackbardt on the cover of TPO magazine: Grand Valley Regional Biosolids
2010 Land Use Stewardship Award
Recognizing the GVRBA’s contribution to sustainable re-use of biosolids, support of farmland preservation and for exemplary municipal collaboration. Wyoming’s City Manager Curtis Holt and Grand Rapids, Deputy City Manager, Eric DeLong accepted the award on behalf of the GVRBA at the 11th Annual Land Use Networking Luncheon and addressed the group of community land use activists, educators and local officials.
2000 Excellence in Biosolids Management Award
Awarded by the US EPA yearly to a single entity nationwide, the City of Wyoming received this award in 2000.